William C. Bradham Jr., known by family and friends as Bill, died on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Bill was the oldest of the three children of Cecil and Dorcas Rhame Bradham of Sumter, having been born on Sept. 14, 1928. Always industrious, Bill worked many odd jobs prior to and during his teen years and excelled at projects to support the war effort during World War II. Bill enlisted in the Army shortly after graduation from Edmunds High School in Sumter and immediately after boot camp was sent to Korea, where he served until his discharge.
Back in Sumter, Bill married the love of his life, Ruth Mixon. They were the parents of Glenn and Brenda. In the 1960's, Bill moved his young family to Florence when he took a job at a service station on Irby Street doing work he had gained six years of experience while still in Sumter. On June 23, 1969, Bill opened his own business, Bill's Gulf Service on Second Loop Road. When Gulf was purchased by BP, the name changed to Bill's BP, but the personal attention to his customers remained the same. Shortly before his retirement, Bill was elected to serve with the Florence City Council, where he put his heart and soul into trying to make Florence the very best city anywhere. In addition to his responsibilities as a councilman, Bill was very involved in civic and charity work, for which he received many plaques and letters of thanks and appreciation.
Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth Bradham; a son, Dr. Glenn Bradham; a daughter, Brenda Bradham; his parents, Cecil and Dorcas Bradham; and a brother, Edwin "Snooky" Bradham.
Surviving are his sister and her husband, Doris and Hub Norris and their three sons, Stephen, David and William Norris, and their families; and a number of cousins.
A Celebration of Bill's life will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the chapel of Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.
A private burial will take place at the Florence Memorial Gardens with military honors.
Please sign the online guest registry at www.cainfuneralhome.com.
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